22 September 2013
Stayed one night at Gedik Cave Hotel, the unique hotel with different types of stone and cave rooms is located in the lively town of Göreme, in the center of region known as Cappadocia.
The center of town is only 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Here you will find a variety of restaurants, shops and bars.
From the terrace, there are views over Göreme town and the famous landscapes of Cappadocia.
Early in the morning, I still can witness the breathtaking view with the sunrise and hot air balloon every where in the sky. Really amazing !
23 September 2013
Around 8.30 am, the car picked me from the hotel and ready to start the journey. There are 12 persons in the car, the driver, a local tour guide and 10 tourists from many different countries ( UK, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and also me, from Indonesia ).
The first stop from Kayseri was at 13th century Seljikian Caravanserai Karatayhan, the last Caravanserai in Cappadocia area, built by Celaleddin Karatay on the old Kayseri – Malatya road, part of the main trade route into Syria.
From there, we get through Pinarbasi ( famous with the horses and very clean water springs ) for a short break and had lunch at small town Tekir.
Next stop was Kahramanmaras, to taste the famous ice cream in the worldwide. The ice cream made pure from goat milk and has an elastic consistency, usually served with knife and fork, often accompanied by baklava. It melts in mouth while chew it, and it tastes really good. Love it !
Last destination for today was Kahta, where we spent one night before going to Nemrut.
24 September 2013
3 o’clock in the morning, already inside the car heading to Nemrut. I forgot how long we drove coz I really sleepy at that time. All I remember, after get off from the car, start to climbing about 20 minutes to the top of the mountain, to see the spectacular sunrise.
Not much taking picture because I was too busy to keep myself warm, it was very cold and windy, brrr….
After sun rising, visit the ruins of Mount Nemrut, then drive back to Kahta from different road, stop at ruins of Arsemia Roman Bridge of Cendere, it was an honor from Emperor Septimus Severus to his wife, Julia Donma.
Next, Tumulus Blackbird ( Karakus ), the monumental tomb was built by King Mithradates II, dedicated to his mother, Isas. Because of the symbol of the eagle on the top of columns, it was named Karakus ( blackbird ).
After back to the hotel at Kahta, take shower and breakfast, the trip continue to see the biggest dam in Middle East : Ataturk Dam.
Göbeklitepe was next stop, it is an archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia.
Had lunch in Sanliurfa, then go to oriental bazaar ( local market ), prophet Abraham’s cave.
The interesting place today was Harran, a village of spellbind mud brick beehive houses where Abraham spent last years of his life ( book of Genesis ).
Check in hotel at Sanliurfa, had dinner at local restaurant where served the best lamachun ( kind of Turkish pizza ). Off the record : it was my first and only lamachun that I ever taste, so of course it’s the best, lol
25 September 2013
Birecik is located at the southwest of Sanliurfa and the border of Gaziantep Province, which is famous with Bald Ibis ( Kelaynak ) birds. These birds are very important and endangered species. Adult birds don’t have any feather on top of its head, beak and legs are in red color. Bald Ibis is the symbol of wealth and richness for Birecik people.
From Birecik, we went to Gaziantep Mozaik Müzesi, this museum is very impressive, with so many mozaik collections. Really must visited place, I highly recommended.
Back to Göreme, this trip ended at 6 pm.
3 days 2 nights trip for Nemrut Tour totally worth it, many things to see. Anyone wants to know more about any part of Türkiye or Nemrut especially, please check this website : www.turkeyvoyage.com
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So, what makes sunrise in Nemrut different ?
Because we watch it with the Goddess. That’s make the difference 😉
JAKARTA, 9 OCTOBER 2013